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Trump’s trial will resume on Friday, with key witness Michael Cohen expected to testify on Monday

The criminal trial of former President Donald Trump in New York will resume on Friday and the key witness in the case, his former lawyer Michael Cohen, is expected to testify on Monday.

Cohen’s testimony indicates that the prosecution has reached the final stages of its case nearly a month after the start of this trial. He is expected to testify that Trump understood that records related to refund checks to Cohen would be falsified to cover up the fact that they were related to the purchase of the Stormy Daniels story.

This week’s testimony teetered between sex and accounting. Thursday marked the end of a furious back-and-forth between prosecutors and Trump’s lawyers, who dueled with adult film stars Stormy Daniels in the stands for a second day.

The defense accused her of fabricating details about an alleged sexual encounter between her and Trump in 2006. Daniels stood by her story.

Prosecutors testimonies elicited which included graphic descriptions of the encounter as well as details about the hotel suite where Daniels said it took place.

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Trump’s lawyers also accused Daniels of using the story to generate personal income and fame, which she denied. Daniels was Paid $130,000 for the rights to her story by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, days before the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors have charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying company records related to alleged refunds to Cohen for the payment. Trump has entered a not guilty plea and denies having a sexual encounter with Daniels.

After Daniels finished testifying Thursday, prosecutors called a Trump Organization accountant and a former White House executive assistant. Those witnesses were used to present evidence showing how Trump personally signed his checks — sent to the White House by Trump Organization employees — while he was president.

Prosecutors have not said who they will call Friday after former White House aide Madeleine Westerhout completes her testimony.

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